Do’s and Don’ts: Interviews

You are a about to be a college graduate and you are looking for a REAL job!

Where do you start? How do you conduct a job search? Do you know what to do and what NOT to do during an interview? Many college graduates have questions about finding and landing a job… No worries. You AREN’T the only one! Consider these tips from New Grad Life.

Searching for Jobs
Don’t limit your search to the Internet. Remember the importance of networking! Broaden your search so you can land THE job that will serve as a foundation for the rest of your career. Let your family, friends, professors, and previous employers know that you actively seeking employment. Another idea: Post that you are looking on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

Landing an Interview – Cover Letters and Resumes
Personalize your cover letter. Knowing THE person to contact when applying for a job is very important. Research each job position and address your cover letter to the RIGHT person. Another crucial document is your resume. Your resume should be tailored to the job for which you are applying, especially your objective and summary of qualifications. Mention the company and position you are applying for in your objective.

Dressing the Part
Dress to kill! That is, dress professionally. No matter what the job position may be, you want to be dressed appropriately for every job interview. Click here for more tips on interview attire.

Acing the Interview
Time to listen! Let them know you can do the job, but don’t ramble on about yourself. The interview is an opportunity to ask questions about the company and the position you are applying for. Ask questions about the possibility of career growth within the company and other opportunities that are available. These questions show your long-term interest in working for the company.

The Aftermath
The interview is not the end! After your interview, send a thank you note or e-mail to the interviewer. Send your letter quickly. You never know how soon an employer will be making a decision. Sending a thank you is the perfect way to end the interview process.

Author: Audra Perry
Graduate Assistant

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